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Moscow State Theatre of Folklore

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The Russian Song Folklore Theatre (Russian: Teatr «Russkaya Pesnya») is a state folk music theatre established by the renowned Russian folk song performer Nadezhda Babkina. The company stages a variety of music and dance performances representative of different genres and folk styles of music. The theatre’s two stages, both the main stage and the smaller, more intimate one, are located in the historic centre of Moscow.

The Russian Song Theatre puts on traditional concerts, often timed to coincide with popular Russian holidays such as Maslenitsaan Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, Christmas and Easter. Folk-themed musical performances, festivals and meetings with renowned artists are all part of the theatre schedule.

Each Russian region has a specific music and performance style and manner unique to the area, and this regional diversity is represented in the theatre’s repertoire. Of special interest to the audience are the team’s dance shows and impressive costumes inspired by traditional patterns from different Russian regions and created by well-known Russian designers. Designer Vyacheslav Zaytsev has recently created a series of incredibly beautiful black and white concert costumes featuring shiny materials, feminine silhouettes and floaty fabrics accentuated with black ornaments.  

Nadezhda Babkina, the art director of the Russian Song Theatre and holder of the title: The People’s Artist of RSFSR, created an ensemble back in 1975 while she was a student at the Gnessin State Musical College. Over time, the company had grown much larger than this original ensemble and has become a real Russian song theatre. The Russian Song Folk Centre was founded in 1989 and acquired the status of a theatre in 2000. Nadezhda Babkina believes that folk art is centred around authentic Russian traditions which form the basis for Russian culture – her self-declared mission is to promote Russian folk music.



The main stage is located on Olympiysky Avenue and the small one is on Sadovo-Chernogryazskaya Street. Inaugurated in 2014, the main theatre is a high-tech and state-of-the-art concert hall seating up to 1,000. The hall has a number of interesting features: an adjustable height stage (the stalls are removable if an open space is required for dancing), technologically advanced equipment for creating astounding light effects, etc.

The larger stage has allowed the theatre company to carry out some large-scale projects, such as the first folk musical and the first ice show in Russia combining folk songs, dances and figure skating.

Now, a few words about the theatre’s layout. Refreshment bars are located on several floors, and the lounge areas are spacious and full of light. The theatre often stages performances for kids, who can get their faces painted and have their picture taken before the show. The cloakroom is divided into several zones, which avoids long queues. The lounge interiors are decorated with stained-glass panels and columns imitating onyx and amber. 



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3-course traditional Russian dinner with Russian vodka shot (served before the show at the restaurant nearby, for the clients who bought tickets for show + dinner):

1. Salad of boiled carrots with cheese and herbs (filling - Sunflower butter or mayonnaise)

2. Borscht with sour cream. 

3. Homemade dumplings with sour cream. 

4. Ice cream.

5. Bread, butter, mineral water, tea or coffee, milk.



The video for the National Russian Show

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"Dress Code"
There is no Dress Code for the National Russian Show. Formal wear is not necessary, casual wear and jeans are OK.



Unique Folk Programme, Brilliant example of Russian Ballet Dancing, Music, and Singing
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See also Feel Yourself Russian Folk Songs and Dance Programme in St. Petersburg, Russia

Address: Folk Theatre, Olympiyskiy Avenue, 14, Moscow (metro stations: Prospekt Mira, Tsvetnoy bulvar or Dostoevskaya) , see map

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